MEN accused of killing Walkden mum, Michelle Pearson, whose children died in a house fire, have denied murder.

In a hearing at Manchester Crown Court Zak Bolland, aged 25 and David Worrall, aged 28, both appeared via video links and pleaded not guilty.

Their trial is due to take place on March 8.

A third defendant, Courtney Brierley, aged 23, is accused of manslaughter but has not yet entered a plea and was not present at the hearing.

Ms Pearson died on August 25, 2019, 20 months after suffering burns in a fire at her home in Jackson Street in the early hours of December 11, 2017.

Lia, Brandon, Lacie and Demi

Lia, Brandon, Lacie and Demi

Four of her children, daughters Demi, aged 15, Lacie, aged seven, Lia, aged three and eight-year-old son Brandon died in the blaze.